“Don’t worry,” says Ann, “they’re comin’. Remember Leah?” And Ann tells the story of Leah Aldridge, “this southern-belle misfit, this hard talkin’ gum-chewin’ gal” whom the Wilsons encountered years ago in Shreveport Louisiana. In love with the idea of a woman playing electric guitar, Leah met Nancy backstage. After that, she turned up at Heart concerts everywhere. Nancy gave her a guitar. Finally, the Wilsons briefly lost track of her. And then they heard of an incredible young guitarist in Los Angeles, leading her own band. Leah!
“Fruition!” shouts Ann in triumph.
“We nurtured her,” says Nancy. “Our baby.”
Prophetic words from Heart’s Ann and Nancy Wilson, in an excerpt taken from an article in Cosmopolitan Magazine entitled “Women Of Rock.” During the interview, the Wilson sisters were discussing who would make up their “ultimate women’s band,” and Nancy remarked upon how few good women musicians there are, thus prompting Ann to tell the tale of Leah.
Several years and bands later, Leah Aldridge is still impressing crowds the world over. She has extensive experience in both the recording studio, touring and videos. She has major label experience with Elektra and Virgin/Sony. To date she has recorded, toured and or played with artists such as Neil Schon, George Lynch, Zakk Wylde, Billy Gibbons, Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent, Nancy Wilson, Jeff Pilson, Jimmy Page, Skid Row, Golden Earring, George Benson, Jeff Beck, Pat Travers, Jackie Jackson, Brooke Valentine, Missy Elliot, Myron Graumbacher, Al Dimeola, Rudy Sarzo, Bullet Boys, Steve Vai, Steve Lukather, Dave Stewart, Wild Mick Brown, Don Dokken, Michael Diamond, Dereck St. Holmes, among many others.
Leah recently toured Kosovo, Kuwait, and Iraq and performed for thousands of U.S. military troops and members of our allied forces. According to Leah, “that tour was the greatest thing I’ve ever done. It was the deepest honor I believe I will ever own.”